Remember That Song? – 1/10/12

Can you name the artist and song:

He wants me, but only part of the time
He wants me, if he can keep me in line

Last Song: “Face the Face” by Pete Townsend:

We got to judge the judge
We got to find the finds
We got to scheme the schemes
We got to line the lines

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Limahl

“NeverEnding Story” by Limahl

Limahl had been the lead singer of Kajagoogoo, best known for the song “Too Shy”, before tensions rose in the band, and he went off on his own. Christopher Hamill took the stage name Limahl (an anagram of his last name) when he was recruited by the members of Kajagoogoo.

His solo career started off strong, as he recorded “NeverEnding Story” which was the title theme from the film of the same name. There were actually two versions of the song – English and French. The English version was performed by Limahl and Beth Anderson; the French version was performed by Limahl and Ann Calvert. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 Norway and Sweden, No. 2 in Austria, Germany and Italy, and No. 4 in the UK. The song peaked at #17 in the U.S. on June 15, 1985.

His debut album, 1984’s Don’t Suppose was not very successful, only reaching #63 in the U.K. Following this, Limahl released two more albums: 1986’s Colour All My Days, and Love Is Blind in 1992, both of which did not sell very well. So Limahl had some hard times for a while.

However, in 2003, VH1 persuaded the band to reform the original 5-piece band for the show, Bands Reunited. As a result of the show, the band received offers to work as their original five piece band. But, their were too many disagreements regarding the terms on which they could work together. But, they put their differences, and in February 2008, Kajagoogoo announced plans to reunite with original members singer Limahl and drummer Jez Strode.

The band has been recording and touring ever since. So, if Limahl ever has another hit, it may be with Kajagoogoo, and not as a solo artist. So, let’s listen to the very cool song, “NeverEnding Story”:

Daily Trivia: 1/9/12

Question: In 1980, which new home video game system came with a free copy of the Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack game cartridge?

Last Question: Who was the original host of MTV’s House of Style?

Answer: Cindy Crawford

MTV’s House of Style premiered on January 1, 1989. It focused on America’s growing fascination with the “supermodel” craze. The show focused on fashion, lives of models, the modeling industry, and controversial topics such as eating disorders. There were several hosts of the show during it’s run, which ended in 2000. Some familiar names are Rebecca Romijn, Molly Sims, and Daisy Fuentes. But the most popular host was it’s original – Cindy Crawford. She hosted the show from 1989-1995.

Cindy Crawford was a model known for her trademark mole just above her lip. She graced the cover of hundreds of magazines throughout her career. Tragically, she took to acting in movies, which resulted in starring as the female lead in the movie Fair Game. The movie got horrible reviews, and it was a financial failure, as it cost $50 million to make, and only took in $11 million. But, that did not stop her success as a model, as she has consistently ranked highly on lists of the world’s sexiest people.

Crawford quit modeling in 2000; however, she still appears from time to time in (and on the covers of) fashion magazines in new shoots. She also has created a line of beauty products called Meaningful Beauty. In 2005, she launched a new line of furniture called the “Cindy Crawford Home Collection”.

Remember That Song? – 1/9/12

Can you name the song and artist:

We got to judge the judge
We got to find the finds
We got to scheme the schemes
We got to line the lines

Last Song: “Back in Black” by AC/DC:

I’ve been looking at the sky
‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high
Forget the hearst ’cause I never die

Daily Trivia: 1/6/12

Question: Who was the original host of MTV’s House of Style?

Last Question: What rocker, whose real name is William Broad, was a member of the punk band Generation X?

Answer: Billy Idol

Before “Rebel Yell”, “White Wedding”, and “Eyes Without a Face”, Billy Idol was in the punk rock band Generation X. Unlike their fellow punk rockers, Generation X was influenced by ’60s pop music. They were also one of the first punk bands to appear on the BBC Television music show Top of the Pops. In the late ’70s early ’80s, there was internal disagreements about the direction the band was going in. They didn’t know whether they wanted to get more heavy or not. Billy Idol did pretty well for himself in his solo career, scoring many hits, and becoming a staple on MTV.

Here is Generation X performing on Top of the Pops:

Remember That Song? – 1/6/12

Can you name the artist and song, and complete the lyrics:

I’ve been looking at the sky
‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high
Forget the ______ ______ _ _____ ___

Last Song: “Call Me” by Blondie

Cover me with kisses, baby
Cover me with love
Roll me in designer sheets
I’ll never get enough

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Mary Jane Girls

“In My House” by Mary Jane Girls

The Mary Jane Girls were protégées of singer Rick James. The group consisted of Joanne “JoJo” McDuffie (lead/background vocals), Candice “Candi” Ghant, Kimberly “Maxi” Wuletich, and Cheryl Bailey (who used stage name Cheri Wells) and the Water Sisters. The Mary Jane Girls project was to be a solo debut for JoJo, who had sung background for Rick James on tours and recordings. Motown offered James a contract for what it believed was the girl group he wanted to produce and not wanting to lose the deal, James lied and told Motown that the Mary Jane Girls were a group and not JoJo’s solo project.

The four group members took on distinctive character looks with matching personalities:

Joanne “JoJo” McDuffie (lead vocalist) – Sexy and streetwise; a female version of James himself.
Kimberly “Maxi” Wuletich – dominatrix.
Candice “Candi” Ghant – Vamp.
Cheri Wells – Valley girl

Cheri left the group shortly before the release of their second album, Only Four You in 1985 and was replaced by Yvette “Corvette” Marine who took on the role of the Valley Girl/Wild and Trendy Girl in the group.

That album’s lead single from Only Four You, “In My House” became the group’s biggest hit, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and then crossing over to the Hot 100 chart, where it spent 12 weeks in the Top 40, peaking at #7 on June 8, 1985. In 2009, VH1 ranked “In My House” #52 on its program 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

The group had some songs that did well on the R&B charts, but nothing else crossed over to mainstream with much success. They officially broke up in 1987. In 1995, McDuffie, Ghant, and Wuletich, under the name “MJG,” appeared on the daytime talk show Jenny Jones as the show’s first musical guests, and appeared to be together again, only to split again in 1997.

So let’s Return to the ’80s, and go in the Mary Jane Girls’ house:

Daily Trivia: 1/5/12

Question: What rocker, whose real name is William Broad, was a member of the punk band Generation X?

Last Question: In what movie did Robert Duvall play a recovering alcoholic country music singer, for which he won an Oscar?

Answer: Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies was released in 1983, and did not do very well at the box office, grossing just over $8 million. However, the film received 5 Academy Award nominations, winning Best Original Screenplay for Horton Foote, and Best Actor for Robert Duvall. It was Robert Duvall’s (who is celebrating his 81st birthday today) first and, so far, only Oscar win for Best Actor. Duvall stirred up a little controversy at the time. He was the only American actor nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. During an interview before the Oscar ceremony, Duvall offended some Britons by complaining about “the Limey syndrome,” claiming “the attitude with a lot of people in Hollywood is that what they do in England is somehow better than what we do here.” After he won, he said “It was a nice feeling, knowing I was the home-crowd favorite.”
Although Duvall was best known for his role in first two ‘Godfather‘ movies, it was after Tender Mercies came out that he started gaining legendary status among moviegoers.

Here is a scene of Robert Duvall singing in the movie:

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Harold Faltermeyer

“Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer

“Axel F” was the stereotypical ’80s song, as well as one of the most recognizable. It is the ultimate electronic song, and is synonymous with the first Beverly Hills Cop movie. The song title comes from the film’s main character’s name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy). You can’t help but recall the scene where Axel shoves the bananas up the tailpipe of the police car, which would cause it to stall, so they could not follow him.

The song became a worldwide hit, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on June 1, 1985. The German musician, Harold Faltermeyer, worked on several soundtracks. In addition to Beverly Hills Cop, he also compsed a song from the movie Fletch – “Bit By Bit“, which was performed by Stephanie Mills.

After composing the music for Tango & Cash in 1989, Faltermeyer decided to return to Germany to raise his children. But, he has recently returned to the U.S., and composed the music for the 2010 Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan movie Cop Out.

I don’t know if there will be another instrumental hit in the U.S. But, while we wait and see, let’s Return to the ’80s, and listen to “Axel F”: